The Sydney Roosters� Premier League side has staked an unmistakable claim on defending their premiership after annihilating the Bulldogs 67-6 at WIN Stadium with their biggest win of the year this afternoon.
The loss sees Shane Flanagan�s side skip week two of the finals and head straight into a preliminary final in a fortnight�s time.
Boosted by the return of a number of key first grade stars from recent weeks, the Roosters were never headed and now look good things to claim the club�s only title this year.
The win was the side�s largest in 2005 � and a grand final showdown against minor premiers Parramatta looms in October.
�It was a good display, we can�t get too carried away, though,� Flanagan said afterwards.
�Getting the week off is a big bonus � it gives you that extra time to prepare and have some time to treat a few niggly injuries.
�But we still have to win in two weeks time.
�We won�t be getting ahead of ourselves.�
The win is the second time in six days the Roosters have thrashed the Dogs, after defeating them 28-8 last week to set up tonight�s mismatch in class and skill.
The Bulldogs actually led 6-0 at one stage but were hopelessly outplayed by the fired up Roosters - who ran roughshod in the second stanza to post a half-century and secure a confidence-boosting win.